Ruins of Nalanda University, Bihar

About Nalanda University…..

Nalanda University, South East of Patna.

There are many versions of what the term Nalanda means. One is that Nalam means Lotus and Da means to give. Both combined together, Nalanda means Giver of Lotus. Since Lotus is supposed to represent knowledge, Nalanda means Giver of Knowledge.

More info: http://www.indiaplaces.com/india-monuments/nalanda-university.html

Nalanda University was founded in 427 in northeastern India, not far from what is today the southern border of Nepal, and surviving until 1197, Nalanda was one of the first great universities in recorded history. It was devoted to Buddhist studies, but it also trained students in fine arts, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, politics and the art of war.

The university was an architectural and environmental masterpiece. It had eight separate compounds, 10 temples, meditation halls, classrooms, lakes and parks. It had a nine-story library where monks meticulously copied books and documents so that individual scholars could have their own collections. It had dormitories for students, perhaps a first for an educational institution, housing 10,000 students in the university’s heyday and providing accommodations for 2,000 professors. Nalanda was also the most global university of its time, attracting pupils and scholars from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey.

More info: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/09/opinion/09garten.html?pagewanted=all

Hiuen Tsang,玄奘大師 or 唐三藏 is the Chinese term for the Tripitaka scriptures, the Chinese pilgrim spent three years at Nalanda. He has left a detailed note about the university, its curriculum, activities and other accounts.

My personal experience……..

I am so blessed that I got a chance to visit Nalanda University. It was an amazing journey! BLISSFUL Moment!

It’s deepen my understanding on:

1. 成住坏空

   Formation, dwelling, Decay & emptiness….

It’s like a life process…it happened in the past, in future & NOW.

Nalanda university is the best example… From glory (Nalanda University) until Now (Ruins of Nalanda University)!

2. 生老病死,Birth, old, Sick, dead

If we apply to our life, totally the same as birth, old, sick, dead.

Nobody can escape from this process.

Treasure your life! Do our BEST to contribute to society and all living creatures.

3.  人生无常, Impermanence of life

Everything is changing in every second….inclusive of our body, house, food, animals, plant, water……. except “SPACE” (虚空不变)

Conclusion:

人身难得今已得,佛法难闻今已闻, 
此身不向今生度,更向何生度此身

Now that one has attained the scarcely attainable human body,
And listened to the scarcely heard Dharma teachings;
If this body is not used in this life to attain enlightenment,
In which life will one put this body to such use?

If Not NOW, WHEN? 

Do It NOW!

Nalanda University

The entrance

The building...

The university!

the temple

the Garden… So beautiful! so Green! So calm!

The beautiful Semai tree….

A lot of people doing prayer, meditation in the garden.

We did our prayer, meditation in this beautiful garden.
Guided by our guru. So calm & peaceful!

I love this photo very much… Khenpo & Lama.

Our deepest gratitude to Rinpoche, Khenpo, lama…
They are so compassionate!

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